Inventory of the
Norman Campbell fonds

Inventory #F0476

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0476
Title:Norman Campbell fonds
Dates:1950 -- 2003
Extent:5 m of textual records and other materials
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Norman Kenneth Campbell, composer, director and producer, was born in Los Angeles, California on 4 February 1924. He was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia where he attended the University of British Columbia, earning a degree in mathematics and physics. After graduation, Campbell was hired by Canada's meteorological service, but left in 1948 to join CBC Radio Vancouver where he was a director of variety programs. Campbell also composed music, including the signature song for the "Juliette show." In 1952, Campbell joined CBC Television as a director and producer and is credited with the CBC's first broadcast, a program entitled "Let's see." While Campbell worked in many genres, his specialty was comedy, musicals and the performing arts. He was responsible for the broadcast of ballets, operas, and other stage productions, including performances from the Stratford Festival. In addition, Campbell worked on projects for American television, such as performance specials for entertainers like Diana Ross and Frank Sinatra and sitcoms like "All in the family" and "The Mary Tyler Moore show." Campbell is, perhaps, best known for composing the music for "Anne of Green Gables : the musical," which is still performed at the Charlottetown Festival in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Campbell's work was recognized nationally and internationally, winning a Gemini for "The pirates of Penzance" (1986), two international Emmys for "Cinderella" [ballet] (1965) and "Sleeping Beauty" [ballet] (1972), and the Prix René Barthélemy (Monte Carlo International Television Festival) for "Romeo and Juliette" [ballet] (1966). His contributions to arts in Canada were also recognized where he was named a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1975 and he received the Order of Canada in 1979. Norman Campbell died of a stroke on 12 April 2004 in Toronto, Ontario.
Scope and Content:

The fonds consists of records related to Campbell's work as a, director and producer with the CBC and with other broadcasters. As a director, Campbell's responsibilities included those immediate to the production of an episode or program, such as directing performers and crew. As a producer, Campbell was responsible for the overall creative direction of a program, as well as the management of technical, financial and human resources. Records include copies of scripts, production notes and reviews, and files related to productions and office administration. Fonds also contains papers pertaining to "Anne of Green Gables -- the musical," including requests to perform the musical and any modifications to the script. Fonds also contains copies of legal documents related to the use and licensing of Anne of Green Gables.

The fonds has been divided into the following series:

S00289Production notes and reviews
S00291Publicity for shows
S00292Production files
S00293Anne of Green Gables files related to the musical
S00294Very early scripts : radio and television
S00295Office files
S00296Marian Hebb correspondence regarding the Anne of Green Gables trademark
S00297Sound recordings
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
Files in S00296 Marian Hebb correspondence regarding the Anne of Green Gables trademark are closed for 30 years after the date of the last document. Files in the following series can be accessed through an Access and Use Agreement: S00288 Scripts, S00289 Production notes and reviews, S00292 Production files, S00293 Anne of Green Gables files related to the musical, and S00295 Office files. Consult file lists for these series for further information.
Finding Aid: Includes 544 photographs, 34 technical drawings, 22 sound recordings and 11 commemorative medals.
URL of Finding Aid:
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2005-006. Further accruals may be expected.
Related Records: Related records may be found in the Mavor Moore fonds (F0359) and Robert E. Dubberley fonds (F0419).
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Elaine Campbell in 2005.
Provenance Access Points:Campbell, Norman, 1924-2004.

Date of creation: 2005/06/10
Date of last revision: 2006/02/14
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